As far as tributes go, having weed grown and named after you could be seen as one of the more unusual ones, but that’s exactly what has happened to Seattle Seahawk’s running back Marshawn Lynch, after a Seattle-based marijuana dispensary named a strain of the now-legal drug “beast mode.”
Nate “diggity” Johnson, owner of the Queen Anne Cannabis Club, said that the strain was “extremely strong” and that the name “beast mode” was a tribute to Lynch after the Seahawks made the Super Bowl.
The powerful strain has a THC content of 17.6 percent, according to testing by Analytical 360. The normal THC content is between 12 percent and 20 percent.
He named it after the Seahawk’s star because it, Johnson claims, hits people in the same way Lynch would: “Marshawn has gears when he’s running and it’s kind of like that. It has a little bit of a slow start and then kicks in.”
Lynch is the only Seahawks player he knows that has a strain named after him so far. Johnson also said that he quickly sold out of Seahawks-themed pot-laced cupcakes.
The group, known as the Zion Gardners, had not intended on growing “beast mode” originally -- rather they wanted to grow a strain called “Girl Scout Cookies.” However, after harvesting, the growers realized that it wasn’t what they’d set out to grow and renamed it.
Beast mode costs $150 for a half-ounce “donation," because collectives are not technically allowed to sell the weed. The donations go toward running the dispensary and paying employees’ salaries.
While Lynch has a trademark on the nickname “beast mode,” Johnson believes that the star may be more compassionate because the marijuana sales are donation-based. The collective cannot trademark the product because federal law still bans marijuana.
And when Lynch lines up on Sunday, he won’t be the only star to have a strain named after him. Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning has a Colorado-based strain named after him, simply named Peyton Manning.
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